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  • Michael Lewis

Windows 10: You might be ready but, is your software?

If you haven’t noticed, Microsoft is really pushing Windows 10. I can see why, with the general feeling of hate that everyone has for Windows 8x. But, is Microsoft really looking out for your best interest?

There is no doubt that Windows 10 is a great improvement over Windows 8x. Some of the new features are the rebranding of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser (which is now known as “Edge”), moving back to a desktop with a more functional start button, virtual desktops (thank you Apple), and a useful action center. So, why shouldn’t everyone just download and install Windows 10 right away? Well, before you fall for the little logo in the lower right tray saying, “Upgrade now” you will need to know if your current software is compatible. If you are a home user the answer is most likely yes, you are ok to go ahead and install Windows 10 without issues. As far as your business systems go, STOP. More than likely your office uses practice management software, financial software, and/or imaging software. Many of these programs use something called .Net Framework.

.Net Framework is a technology that is used by software developers to run their applications. Updating .Net to a newer version can cause, and in most cases will, cause your software to stop functioning properly or could even completely crash the program. The problem with Windows 10 is that is has .Net Framework 4.6 built in, which is not supported by many software vendors as of yet. Developers are working quickly to update their programs to ensure that the compatibility issues will be resolved as soon as possible. Once the new developer “patches” are released, you will need to update to the latest and greatest versions of these programs, which could mean the need for new hardware.

So before you go installing Windows 10 at your office just remember: Windows 10 may have some pretty new features, a fresh visual look, and be compatible with some older hardware, but it may end up causing you more pain than it is worth. Best practice is to always check with your Technology Partner before installing new software.

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